Anita Anand's Sophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary explores the life of an overlooked but important campaigner.
Marlon James's latest novel on Bob Marley and December '76 is more true for being fiction.
How credulous does Chris Chibnall think we are?
One of South Africa's most accomplished prose stylists gets a timely reissue.
William Blake’s “infernal method” is revealed in an exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
There was a bit more to Agincourt than a dozen Rada graduates standing around between two curtains.
Two very different biographical works give surprising insight into the great composer's character.
In many ways, January diets are as self-indulgent as the Christmas binge.
Failing hardware and Withnail occupy Nicholas Lezard.
Another Soho landmark bites the dust.
The physicist is held up as an example of what you can achieve in life if you have a disability, but he was only diagnosed with motor neurone disease when he was 21 – his career was set in motion while he was still able-bodied.
Are we about to enter an “age of games”?
The trend for using long-dead actresses to front campaigns aimed at female consumers is at best tasteless and at worst insidious.
Tom Humberstone’s weekly comic.
Rod Stewart laps it up in the BBC's first History Hour of 2015.
Tracey Thorn fills the airwaves with audiobooks, articulate teens and Caitlin Moran.
"It's not the vulgarity that makes you want to puke so much as the asininity" in BBC season of wealth.
John Berger finds wider ripples of thought in his local pool.
Antonia Quirke rounds up the best of the New Year's radio, including War and Peace and The Supernatural North.
The paintings are anything but dry in Frederick Wiseman's documentary about the London gallery.
Elections, empires and the "extreme present" in culture editor Tom Gatti's guide to the coming literary year.
On Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday, he will be revered as the genius of musical theatre. But his failures are just as fascinating as his successes.
New voices join old friends in our selection of the best poems published in the New Statesman over the past 12 months.
A new exhibition at Lille's Palais des Beaux-Arts reveals the life of an ancient image-maker.
A N Wilson's book reveals the surprisingly diverse tastes of this quintessential English monarch.
The smart, insightful and oddly underrated US actor Ethan Hawke on first meeting River Phoenix, the Sony hacking crisis and “the beauty of censorship”.
The new year already offers the promise of Tilda Swinton in a fetching wig and the scariest film since Halloween. What's not to like?
Down and Out with Nicholas Lezard.
Even I willingly acknowledge that the damage to the vineyards of Champagne was one of the lesser tragedies of the First World War.
NS pop critic Kate Mossman talks to the former Sex Pistol about Ed Miliband, Ukip and “men’s dangly bits”.